About the Physics Department

We provide a physics education based on student-centered teaching, cutting-edge research, outreach, and service

Learn More about Physics

Students who study physics are prepared for a multitude of careers because they are taught to analyze complex problems giving them a strong quantitative background that they can apply in science and technology, academic, government or private sector positions.

K-State's Physics department prepares our students by providing them the opportunity and encouragement to participate in paid positions conducting world-class research alongside our faculty in their extramural-funded laboratories at K-State and around the world, resulting in rich experiences leading to scholarly publications.

These talented students are successful competitors for prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Fulbright, McNair, and National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.

Learn more about our department and why physics might be the career for you!

Contact us for more information

For general inquiries, email or call (785)532-6786.

For a specific program area, contact one of the department administrators below.

Department Head

Tim Bolton

Tim Bolton
William & Joan Porter Professor & Physics Department Head
116 Cardwell
(785) 532-1664


Undergraduate Program

Amit Chakrabarti

Amit Chakarbarti
Professor & Director of Physics Major Programs
326 Cardwell
(785) 532-1625


Graduate Program

Gary Wysin

Gary Wysin
Professor & Director of Graduate Programs
106 Cardwell


Preprofessional Program

Barbara Fennell

Barbara Fennell
Associate Teaching Professor & Director of Preprofessional Programs
16 Cardwell